A group of artists is staging an exhibition of sculptures made from tonnes of trash collected on Mount Everest, highlighting the toll that decades of mountaineering have taken on the world’s highest peak.
Discarded oxygen and cooking gas cylinders, ropes, tents, glasses, beer cans, plastic and even the remains of a helicopter make up 75 artworks commissioned for the “Everest 8848 Art Project” on display in Kathmandu.
“We thought that this would help promote the artists as well as contribute to making Everest clean. We were happy to get the trash and they were happy to get rid of it,” said Kripa Rana Shahi, whose company is behind the show.
Sixty-five porters put together by the Kathmandu-based Everest Summiteers Association (ESA) and 75 yaks amassed a total of eight tonnes of trash, which they carried down from the mountain over two Spring season expeditions.